‘His pace, his link-up, his touch’ – Arsenal legend gives 3 reasons why struggling Chelsea striker will become great

Nicolas Jackson
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Nicolas Jackson has been associated with wastefulness in front of goal this season.

The Senegal international has scored just 13 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions this term.

Signed from Villarreal last summer in a deal worth £32m, Nicolas Jackson has often been criticised for missing glaring chances.

The 22-year-old was heavily criticised after missing three big chances in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City two weeks ago, and against Aston Villa, he missed a couple of good chances as well.

However, Arsenal legend Ian Wright, is of the opinion that Jackson will become great in his role, and also backed him to improve his finishing.

For Ian Wright, Nicolas Jackson has talent, and mentioned his pace, his link-up and his touch as the things that make him stand out.

“I’m seeing Nicolas Jackson by the way… I’ve got to mention him,” the ex-Arsenal and England striker said on the Wrighty’s House podcast.

“I watched him fully again [during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa] and I have watched him in the last three or four games and the chances that he has missed always take precedent when people are talking about him, but I am seeing that guy’s pace, his link, his touch.

“Something is happening there. If he gets that goalscoring right there is something in there, I’m telling you.

“He did some brilliant stuff against Villa. I hope it can happen for him. I have seen flashes and if he has the energy and the personality for it, this guy has got something. I am telling you.”

I also see what Wright sees in Jackson. The Senegal international has improved in many areas since the start of the season, and is only being let down by his finishing. His hold-up play has gotten better, he’s good at beating a man and driving at defences, he’s also good at opening up into space for a pass. All that’s left is for him to work on his finishing and trying to beat the offside trap.

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